Twitter Launches Crowd-Sourced Fact Checking

While we’re on the subject, Twitter is also trying to improve its news content.  They just launched cutely-named Birdwatch, which will let vetted users flag and notate misleading Tweets.  Let’s be blunt: the list of things that could go wrong is far longer than the list of things that could go right.

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Facebook News Will Expand to UK

January 26, 2021

Raise your hand if you think the problem with today’s news industry is that Facebook doesn’t have enough control over the news people see.  But you’re not in charge, Dear Reader, so they’re launching a UK version of the Facebook News program that’s been live in the U.S. since June. Story selection is based on a mix of curation and personal behaviors.  Facebook shares a few crumbs of revenue with news providers.

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Two-Thirds of C-Suite Can’t Recognize Bad Data: Fivetran Report

December 6, 2021

Like the determined optimist who tells his boss the factory is on fire by reporting they’ll soon be able to update their equipment, let’s find some silver linings in a batch of gloomy surveys today, Dear Reader.  We’ll start with this Fivetran report, which finds that 85% of data leaders say their company has lost money by basing decisions on bad data, and 66% believe their C-suite can’t tell when that happens.  The bright side is there’s lots of room for improvement.

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